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$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Sewing Essentials

<p>Learn how to sew in Sydney.</p><p>Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble

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$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Get in early for 15% discount until 31 Dec! Use code EARLYBIRD-18 at payment page.
$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Sewing Essentials

<p>Learn how to sew in Sydney.</p><p>Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble

...
$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Get in early for 15% discount until 31 Dec! Use code EARLYBIRD-18 at payment page.
$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Sewing Essentials

<p>Learn how to sew in Sydney.</p><p>Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble

...
$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Get in early for 15% discount until 31 Dec! Use code EARLYBIRD-18 at payment page.
$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Sewing Essentials

<p>Learn how to sew in Sydney.</p><p>Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble

...
$399 Limited GST free / $199.50 / $319.20 / $359.10
Get in early for 15% discount until 31 Dec! Use code EARLYBIRD-18 at payment page.

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Course description

Learn how to sew in Sydney.

Sewing Essentials is the essential course for anyone wishing to learn to sew. This comprehensive course covers machine set-up, maintenance of equipment and trouble shooting, how to control your machine and get to know its stitch capabilities. You will also learn about different seams and finishes, pattern cutting and by the end of the course you will have made a complete garment using all the skills you have learnt.

This course will have you well on the way to altering, repairing and producing beautiful garments for yourself and your family. You will find this course very enjoyable whilst learning a worthwhile skill for life. Once you have made your first garment this course will have you addicted to sewing!

If you want to learn Sewing in Sydney, then this course is for you.

Course content
  • Machine set-up and maintenance
  • Basic sewing and pattern cutting
  • Machine techniques and applications
  • Sewing a complete garment

Lesson 1 - Get to know your machine

  • Safe sewing tips
  • Learn about different machine parts and how they work
  • Machine set-up and adjusting thread tension
  • Machine maintenance, clean and oil
  • Stitch capabilities of machine, zigzag, stitch length etc.
  • Practice controlling speed, stopping and starting and practicing on calico with thread

Lesson 2 - Different seams and finishes

  • Sewing a flat seam, an open seam and a French seam and learn when it is appropriate to use each seam for different fabrics
  • Sewing a stitched hem, a double turned hem. Other hem finishes

Lesson 3 - Learn about patterns and cutting

  • Discuss a commercial pattern and get to know the terminology on the pattern and what all the various markings are
  • Fabric selection and spend some time learning about the perfect fabric/pattern design marriage
  • Cutting efficiently and learning about why some fabrics must be cut a certain way i.e. stretch fabrics, velvets, cords and one-way prints

Lesson 4 - Machine techniques

  • Various machine techniques will be covered in this lesson, like gathering, pleats, pockets and various other applications

Lesson 5-6 - Individual project work

  • You will have a choice of a range of simple garments which will be discussed at the beginning of the course
Outcomes

By the end of this course you will have:

  • learned how to maintain and make adjustments to machines
  • learned basic sewing and pattern cutting skills
  • made a complete garment
Please bring to class

The following items must be supplied by students and will be needed on the first night:

  • 2 meters of calico (120cm width)
  • Clear plastic Janome bobbins x 1 pkt of two
  • Pins and hand sewing needles
  • 1 reel of white and 1 reel of dark coloured sewing thread
  • 1 pair of fabric cutting scissors
  • 1 pair of small thread cutting scissors or clippers
  • Measuring tape
  • Notebook, ruler, pen and pencil to take notes
  • You are welcome to bring along your own machine (if portable) if you would prefer to learn on it
Other information

Basic kits with the bare essentials are available for purchase directly from the tutor for $20 (cash only). Each kit contains:

  • Glass head pins
  • White sewing thread
  • A tape measure
  • Thread clippers
  • A cream zipper
  • 2 x clear plastic bobbins

Please note: Additional fabric will need to be purchased for the various projects of your choice. The tutor will advise you of what you will need to buy.

NEEDLES: The machines on campus take standard domestic sewing machine needles. They will have 130/705 H on the packaging somewhere to tell you they are domestic type, which is different from the code for the size of the needle (an 80 or 90 size needle is best for use with sew-all thread).
BOBBINS: They must be plastic, not metal. They must be designed for TOP LOADING or “Drop In” machines. The best bet is to buy a pack that says it’s suitable for Singer Drop In machines or Janome Drop In machines (either one will work on both machines). Avoid “universal” bobbins as there is no one-size-fits-all bobbin.
THREAD: a quality thread brand is recommended. Some of the more common household brands are Gutermann, Rasant, Mettler, Aurifil.

  • Please wear closed in shoes.

All our sewing courses are limited to 12 places which enables the tutor to give each student plenty of one-to-one guidance and instruction.

Where?

Our Sewing Essentials course is held in two locations. Please double check the location of your preferred course.

Rozelle Campus Is situated on the corner of Gordon St and Victoria Rd in Rozelle (in the grounds of St. Joseph’s Church). If driving, there is no entry into Gordon Street from Victoria Road and you must access Gordon street from Lilyfield road.Click on the following link for directions: http://www.sydneycommunitycollege.com.au/site/203

City Campus is on level 3 of the Holmes Institute at 91 York Street in the CBD. For more information please click here http://www.sydneycommunitycollege.com.au/site/12083

Feedback from past students

" It would not be easy, given the varying amount of experience each sewer came with. However our teacher managed to give everyone one on one time. She was willing to share her experience that went well outside of the brief. Excellent teacher. Wonderful class. Very positive outcome with everyone finishing a garment and ready to come back for her advance course. Can’t speak highly enough about the teacher and her capabilities."

"Good teacher made the course very enjoyable."

"I cannot speak highly enough of the tutor. She was everything you would expect from a tutor and more. Her knowledge of sewing is extensive and, not only was she able to cover the course objectives, she provided lots of practical advice. I knew after the first class we were in good hands."

"The tutors' positive attitude and encouragement has given me the confidence to sew more challenging pieces than I expected."

"She explained everything well and was very patient. She also had a good sense of humor, and was easy to talk to and ask questions."

"The tutor was very experienced & knowledgeable. They were prepared & very good at explaining."

"The tutor was very knowledgeable on sewing. She’s obviously very experienced and a good teacher."

"Great teacher, she gave time to all students, explained and demonstrated everything and
always asked us if we understand, I always felt comfortable with her and I will attend another class of hers in the future."

"Great teacher, good classrooms with all equipment we need for sewing, class sizes small enough so everyone has attention from the teacher but also big
enough to make it fun and nice to meet people!"

"The teacher structured the course well and made sure that no one was left behind. She shared her time pretty evenly between all the students. She is easy to
understand and she has a nice friendly manner."

"She is a great teacher, and gave time to all students and explained and demonstrated everything and always asked us if we understand. I always felt comfortable with her and I will attend another class of hers in the future."

"Great teacher, good classrooms with all equipment we need for sewing, class sizes small enough so everyone has attention from the teacher but also big enough to make it fun and nice to meet people! We had 10 in our class."

"The tutor structured the course well and made sure that no one was left behind. She shared her time pretty evenly between all the students. She is easy to understand and she has a nice friendly manner."

"A really progressive teaching method where focus is more hands on than trying to learn from a book...Great verbal instructions."

"Such a calm, knowledgeable and passionate teacher!"

"Everything was well explained and teaching of topics flexible to the requests/interests of students."

"Teaching was excellent. Sewing machines were great."

"The tutor is an incredible resource as a teacher. Her skills and knowledge in all things sewing was clear throughout the course. I especially enjoyed her showing us what NOT to do in order to avoid common mistakes. Excellent experience overall. She is very experienced and a good teacher."

"The tutor has such fantastic experience and took us through everything in such a methodical way. I feel very confident after this course that I can make basic garments. I am going to enroll into her next set of classes."

"The tutor knew her stuff, was very helpful and got through the content. I really enjoyed this course. I learnt a lot, felt like I’d achieved something and the tutor was excellent. Very experienced and the exercises were great/practical in teaching us."

"The tutor was great in teaching the basics. She had enough time to help us one on one if necessary and tasked us with great learning exercises."

"The tutor was a great, patient teacher and able to impart her many years of experience. Exceeded my expectations and has given me skills to
hone and work on."

"Great for beginners, it met the expectations set in the course outline. Great sense of achievement as we were able to complete projects by the end of the course. The best thing was that the class was not too big so the teacher was able to assist students students individually. The tutor was a wonderful teacher, very knowledgable, passed on some really useful skills with demonstrations. Very
patient and encouraged is to learn without feeling intimidated to ask questions."

"She is very helpful to each of us and instruction is clear at all times. Also she is very nice kind person love her work. And wish to join her in another class of sewing"

"The tutor was very personable and went out of her way to help each and every student and allowed us to work at our own pace and yet achieve a good result. I WILL BE BACK !"

"Smalll group. Teacher helped us no matter what stage we were at. "

"She had a wealth of knowledge, very approachable and was willing to help in every way. Learnt a lot from the tutor alone. "

"The tutor was fabulous. Very friendly, welcoming, and she had a great ability to give everyone one on one time even though there were 8 people of varying skill levels in the same class. Would definitely recommend the course to anyone wanting to establish their sewing skills."

"The tutor was a great tutor – she was able to provide everyone in the class with the individual assistance they needed and was great with explaining and demonstrating things, sometimes several times."

"The tutor was brilliant. The course was delivered very well. Enjoyed every minute of this course and to finish the 6 weeks with a skirt was brilliant"

"Teacher answered all questions and kept composed when students were very demanding. Really good intro to sewing."

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